For me, the biggest problem trying to live my life in the momentis that I always seem to turn up for it 20 minutes early.
You are familiar with the scenario. Walking into a supermarket, or at a street corner. The rough cardboard sign, the hard luck story, the begging money. The cup or hat or bowl. And you are probably familiar with your own triggered internal dialogue. "If I give them money they will probably only spend it on … Continue reading Giving.
It's one of the best feelings in the world. Outside, a cold and a blustery wind rises and falls. An occasional far off rolling thunder admonishing it's lack of commitment. I am wrapped snugly in my doona. Listening to the sound of gentle rain on Ripley's roof. I can see from the grey morning light … Continue reading Bed bound.
My friend Doug Bruns from over at The House I Live In is participating in Stoic Week which begins on October 1st. Go read his post about it. Stoicism, at least modern stoicism examines the philosophy of stoic writers such as Marcus Aurelius, Seneca and Epictetus, and asks if their ideas can help us lead … Continue reading 10 stoic guidelines to consider.
I am currently trying to cultivate the practice of ‘slow’ eating each mealtime. A 35 year history of emergency nursing has left me with a dining imperative to stuff as much food into my gob as quickly as possible. So I am playing with the Japanese concept of HARA HACHIBU or literally: gut eight parts. … Continue reading Hara Hachibu
I have this spot I like to go to. Early in the morning, after I have finished sitting zazen1. Usually sometime between 7 and 9 am, when a shaft of late winter sun falls across my favourite chair. The chair is snugged into a corner right besides my bookcase. I can sit and read … Continue reading where the sun falls.